The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161


News and Announcements

14th December 2014

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Update: 14th December: Solemn Mass and first Communion for Gaudete Sunday. Photos available here

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From the Parish Priest’s desk….

Our Christmas programme this year is as follows:

• Christmas Eve, Wednesday 24th December: carols from 11.30 pm, followed by the blessing of the Crib and Solemn Midnight Mass at 12.00 am.

• Solemn Dawn Mass, 7.30 am Christmas Day, 25th December.

• Solemn Day Mass, 10.30 am Christmas Day, 25th December.

Today, we reprint the second and concluding part of Joseph Ratzinger’s recently revised article on remarried divorcees and the question of admission to Holy Communion. The Lineamenta for next year’s Synod has just been released; we will have much more to say about this in the time ahead.

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, just celebrated, marked the sesquicentenary of the promulgation, by Bl. Pius IX, of the famous Syllabus of Errors. This document remains important for its comprehensive condemnation of a range of modern errors, many of which continue to be asserted in our own time. The Syllabus is worthy of renewed study, and I will take up a few of its themes at our final catechetical class for 2014 next Sunday. All are welcome.

I particularly wish to encourage parishioners to attend this Thursday’s Dawn Mass (6.30 am) in honour of Our Lady’s Expectancy, which will be offered for the protection of expectant mothers and children. There will be a BBQ breakfast afterwards at Maryvale. Please note as well the Parish convivium being held prior to Christmas Midnight Mass.

Let us pray for our young people who receive Our Lord today for the first time in Holy Communion, that they might remain always faithful to Him; and let us ask their prayers for ourselves and our intentions, at this privileged moment of Divine intimacy.

Fr Glen Tattersall

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THE “RETRACTATIO”

(Cont’d from last Sunday)

The new conclusion of the 1972 article, rewritten by Joseph Ratzinger in 2014

The Church does not acknowledge divorce. Nonetheless, after what has just been pointed out, it cannot exclude the possibility of null marriages. The processes of annulment must be carried out in two directions and with great care: they must not become a disguised form of divorce. This would be dishonest and contrary to the seriousness of the sacrament. On the other hand, they must examine with the necessary conscientiousness the issues of possible nullity, and, where there may be just reasons in favour of annulment, express the corresponding sentence, opening a new door for such persons. New aspects of the problem of validity have emerged in our time. I have already mentioned above that the natural awareness of the indissolubility of marriage has become problematic in that this entails new tasks for the judicial procedure. I would like to indicate briefly two other new elements:

a. Can. 1095 no. 3 has inscribed the modern difficulty into canon law where it says that there is no capacity of contracting marriage among persons who “on account of psychological factors are unable to take on the essential obligations of marriage.” Today the psychological problems of persons, precisely in the face of a reality so great as marriage, are perceived more clearly than they were in the past. Nonetheless it is good to be on guard against rashly construing nullity on the basis of psychological problems. This would in reality make it too easy to pronounce a divorce under the appearance of nullity.

b. Today there is another question that imposes itself with great seriousness. Currently there are more and more baptized pagans, meaning persons who have become Christian by means of baptism but do not believe and have never known the faith. This is a paradoxical situation: baptism makes the person Christian, but without faith he remains nonetheless just a baptized pagan. Can. 1055 § 2 says that “between baptized persons there cannot exist a valid marriage contract that is not for that very reason a sacrament." But what happens if a baptized unbeliever knows nothing at all about the sacraments? He might even have the intention of indissolubility, but he does not see the uniqueness of the Christian faith. The tragic aspect of this situation appears evident above all when baptized pagans convert to the faith and begin a completely new life. This brings up questions for which we still do not have answers. And therefore it is even more urgent to explore them.


3. From what has been said so far it emerges that the Western Church - the Catholic Church - under the leadership of the successor of Peter, on the one hand knows that it is strictly bound to the word of the Lord on the indissolubility of marriage, but on the other has also sought to recognize the limits of this guideline in order not to impose on persons more than is necessary.

So on the basis of the suggestion of the apostle Paul and basing itself at the same time on the authority of the Petrine ministry, for non-sacramental marriages it has further elaborated the possibility of divorce in favor of the faith. At the same time it has examined the nullity of a marriage under every aspect.

The 1981 apostolic exhortation “Familiaris Consortio” of John Paul II went one step further. At number 84 it states: “Together with the Synod, I earnestly call upon pastors and the whole community of the faithful to help the divorced, and with solicitous care to make sure that they do not consider themselves as separated from the Church […] Let the Church pray for them, encourage them and show herself a merciful mother, and thus sustain them in faith and hope.”

This gives pastoral care an important task, which perhaps has not yet been sufficiently incorporated into the Church’s everyday life. Some details are indicated in the exhortation itself. There it is said that these persons, insofar as they are baptized, may participate in the Church’s life, which in fact they must do. The Christian activities that are possible and necessary for them are listed. Perhaps, however, it should be emphasized with greater clarity what the pastors and brethren in the faith can do so that they may truly feel the love of the Church. I think that they should be granted the possibility of participating in ecclesial associations and even of becoming godfathers or godmothers, something that the law does not provide for as of now.

There is another point of view that imposes itself on me. The impossibility of receiving the holy Eucharist is perceived as so painful not last of all because, currently, almost all who participate in the Mass also approach the table of the Lord. In this way the persons affected also appear publicly disqualified as Christians.

I maintain that Saint Paul’s warning about examining oneself and reflecting on the fact that what is at issue is the Body of the Lord should be taken seriously once again: “A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself” (1 Cor 11:28 f.). A serious self-examination, which might even lead to forgoing communion, would also help us to feel in a new way the greatness of the gift of the Eucharist and would furthermore represent a form of solidarity with divorced and remarried persons.

I would like to add another practical suggestion. In many countries it has become customary for persons who are not able to receive communion (for example, the members of other confessions) to approach the altar with their hands folded over their chests, making it clear that they are not receiving the sacrament but are asking for a blessing, which is given to them as a sign of the love of Christ and of the Church. This form could certainly be chosen also by persons who are living in a second marriage and therefore are not admitted to the Lord’s table. The fact that this would make possible an intense spiritual communion with the Lord, with his whole Body, with the Church, could be a spiritual experience that would strengthen and help them.

Reproduced from Sandro Magister’s blog, .

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There will be a Parish convivium at Maryvale on Christmas Eve, from 10.00 – 11.30 pm. Please bring a contribution by way of food and/or drink. The Christmas Mass timetable is on the front page of the Bulletin

Christmas offering envelopes are available in the pews and in the vestibule. These should be placed in the first collection. Your contribution is for the support of the priests assigned to the Newman Parish. Thank you for your generosity.

We expect copies of Treasure & Tradition – the ultimate guide to the Latin Mass, to be available for $30 each after each Mass next Sunday.

Please pray for Bishops-Elect Mark Edwards and Terence Curtin, who will be consecrated at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday 17th December, at 7.30 pm. Both will serve as Auxiliary Bishops of Melbourne.

Dawn Mass for the Expectancy of Our Lady – 6.30 am Thursday, 18th December: as usual, this Mass, celebrated by candlelight, will be offered for the protection of expectant mothers and the unborn. This year, assisted by the Newman Fellowship, we will have a breakfast BBQ at Maryvale afterwards, from 7.30 - 9.00 am. Requested donation of $10 ($25 for families). Proceeds after costs will go to worthy pro-life causes. Please invite family and friends!

Please pray for all those who are making their First Holy Communion today: Raphael Francis, Georgina Harradine, Hugh Lyall, Olivia Stanfield, and Gemma Warren..

The last adult catechesis for the year will be next Sunday, 21st December. We will resume in February, 2015.

Evangelium Summer School: to be held on the Australia Day Weekend (23rd – 26th January, 2015) at Corpus Christi College, Carlton. Delve into 2,000 years of Church history – from St Peter to Pope Francis. Young adults interested in receiving a scholarship (limited numbers available) are invited to contact Fr Tattersall. For more information, and to register, visit www.evangelium.co.

The Dominican students of the Province of Saint Joseph in Washington, D.C., have produced a second album, Ave Maria: Dominican Chant for the Immaculate Conception. The album features several chants in honour of this Marian feast sung by the Dominican House of Studies schola, of which our own Brother Antoninus Maria Samy, O.P., is a member. The album can be purchased online at www.dominicanablog.com/records. Proceeds support the Dominican students in Washington, D.C.


    • Sunday December 14, 10.30am

    Solemn Mass for Gaudete Sunday

    First Holy Communions

    • Thursday, Dec 18, 6.30 am
    • Sunday December 25, 12.00am

    Solemn Midnight Mass

    (Including Blessing of the Crib and Carols from 11.30pm on Dec 24)


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